Welcome to the MCA first Enews for 2014
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Welcome to our first e news for 2014. We’re rolling into the year with lot’s happening – there’s a new office (yes the MCA now has its first ever office in Sydney), new staff (you can meet them in the next enews), a rebranding is underway (we’ll launch our new identity in the coming months), and we’re giving our websites and written communications a good overhaul. We hope this will give us a firm foundation to provide Australia’s music sector and music lovers with even better information, services, networking and advocacy into the future.  We’re also rolling out a new fortnightly e news, with this being the first edition. It combines a number of our previous bulletins and occasional newsletters and we hope you enjoy the content. We’re always pleased to hear from you and to share your activities with our readership, so please email us at

Chris Bowen - CEO, MCA

The Music Council of Australia eNews is divided into a 5 sections. Scroll through or, if you wish, click on one of the sections to be taken straight to those stories.


Classical: NEXT Conference and Showcase returns to Vienna

Now in its third year, the Classical: NEXT music conference, market and showcase will be held in Vienna, Austria from 14 – 17 May. At a time of uncertainty for international conferences this new event appears to have found a niche in the market. Produced by the team behind the highly successful WOMEX European World Music Market, and initiated by CLASS, the Association of Classical Independents, it is part conference, part trade fair and part market showcase. Last year it attracted 850 delegates and provides a useful online database. Classical Next describes itself as: “a new, annual event that addresses the challenges facing the international classical and art music community head on, both in its entirety and within its various sectors. Classical:NEXT also offers an ideal opportunity to promote new talent, new creative ideas and future-oriented business practices”. Attendees report there were a limited number of buyers for artistic work except for some festivals which is something organisers want to address. If they succeed this could become a useful platform for Australian artists. There hasn’t been an Australian showcase to date – with a jury selection that is reasonably adventurous - maybe our time has come?  

The International Music Council (IMC)

IMC held its 35th general assembly in Brisbane in November 2013, and co-organised the 5th World Forum on Music with partners including: Queensland Conservatorium - Griffith University and the MCA.  The IMC adopted three strategic objectives for the next two years at their Assembly:
  • Affirming culture as the 4th pillar of sustainable development
  • Promoting and protecting creativity and creators' rights, and
  • Placing early childhood music education at the forefront of the music education agenda.
These will be achieved through policy-making and advocacy, collaboration and information exchange, projects and research, and targeted membership services. The empowerment of youth as beneficiaries and actors of IMC activities will be given particular attention through a close collaboration with IMC Youth. Canberra’s Michael Sollis is Australia’s representative on IMC Youth and the MCA is Australia’s representative to the IMC.

Remembering Pete Seeger

Iconic US musician Peter Seeger passed away in January aged 94. He was known for his passionate idealism and staunch principles, and went to jail for refusing to testify before the House of Un American Activities Committee in the 40’s. He was a great musicologist and historian as well as musician, and as co-writer of songs including Where Have all the Flowers Gone and If I had a Hammer, was a musical inspiration to many. He left an enduring musical legacy, and was much loved by audiences. Musician Arlo Guthrie, who shared many concert appearances with Seeger, noted in Time Magazine: “He had authority over the audience. He would just wave his hand, and you could hear them singing. It was almost as if he had some extra sense. There’s no one else I have ever seen who has had that. Nobody came close”.


Peer Funding for the Arts - Can we take it Further?

RMIT economics Professor Jason Potts muses on an interesting possible approach to arts and culture funding. Drawing on a US model proposed as offering a better approach for science funding, it takes the peer driven process several steps further. The idea is that all available funding is equally allocated to all eligible science researchers, who use some and allocate a percentage (say half) to other peers whose work they value. There’s even a computer model suggesting it would be more efficient. Potts  reflects on whether this could work in the arts. Read his article in The Conversation.

Australian Copyright Council – National Seminar Series

The Australian Copyright Council has announced their annual seminar series for 2014.  Seminars will be held throughout the year in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane. They cover a range of topics including copyright essentials, digital technologies, and more specialist sessions including a series for Education Institutions. Full program is available at Australian Copyright Council’s website.

Changes affecting wireless microphone users

ACMA (The Australian Communications and Media Authority) has put out a fact sheet on changes that will affect wireless microphones. These changes are part of the Federal government’s work to clear specific radiofrequency spectrum (known as the ‘digital dividend’) to use for 4G mobile broadband services from 1 January 2015.  From this date wireless microphones and other audio devices in certain frequency ranges will become illegal due to potential interference with mobile broadband services. Community groups and businesses using wireless microphones in schools and live music performance may be affected. This is a very real issue for some users and you can read MCA’s statement on the subject, published on our website. ACMA is strongly encouraging users to check their equipment and to start planning for the changes now. They have established a wireless microphone hub as an online resource for information on the changes.

Regional Arts Australia National Summit Arts and Edges

Expressions of interest are now open and closing on 24 February to participate in the Regional Arts Australia National Summit in Kalgoorlie in October 2014. For further information visit the Summits Website.


Breaking News - Arts Curriculum now publicly released

ACARA (Australian Curriculum Reporting Authority) yesterday announced the Australian Curriculum – Arts has been publicly released. Over more than three years this has been a process of collaborative contributions, deliberations and negotiations, one in which the MCA has been actively engaged. While the Arts curriculum is yet to fully endorsed by Government, its release is an important step in the process towards full implementation in Australian Schools. You can view it here.

Parent Engagement Toolkit a new resource for Music Education

Music to Our EarsIn 2013 MCA launched the Parental Engagement Project which gives parents the tools to advocate for more music in their school, and to provide resources, practical information and inspiration for parents wanting to support music in the school. ‘The Music to Our Ears’ report presents a compelling case on the need for more music in Australian schools. It is based on evidence proving the benefits of music education, the context in Australia, the need for action, and case studies of artists and schools that demonstrate the value of music education in schools. ‘The Music to Our Ears’ report is an initiative of Shark Island, The Caledonia Foundation and the Music Council of Australia.


Australia’s biggest school music initiative launches for 2014

MCA’s flagship education program, Music: Count Us In, is gearing up for its biggest year yet, aiming to double its teacher numbers, offer more in depth professional development and reach more regional and remote communities. The MCUI Songwriting Competition is now open for entries, inviting secondary school students to submit entries following a Song Brief. Three talented students will be selected to participate in a songwriting workshop with program ambassador, John Foreman, and a high profile Australian musician as mentor. The workshop leads to the creation of the program song, which is learnt, rehearsed and performed by more half half a million young people on the MCUI Celebration Day, October 30th 2014 at 12.30pm (AEDT).

More information and registrations at

Review of the Australian Curriculum

A review of the Australian Curriculum has been announced by the Federal Government. We encourage all members and music education supporters to make a submission.  While much has been said and done on this subject, it is always worth making the case to Governments.  Please take a few minutes to register your view, submissions close on 28 February. You can access resources from the MCA website, including our Statement on School Music Education and other information. The MCA supports the Australian Curriculum: Arts and advocates for its full implementation. You can read our joint statement with our National Advocates for Arts Education colleagues here.

Advocating for Music Education in Victoria

The Victorian Schools Music Action Group is calling for the Victorian Government to adopt the recommendations of their Parliamentary Enquiry into Music Education in Schools, released in November. Read more and get involved through their blog. MCA welcomes this enquiry; the recommendations offer tremendous opportunities for new initiatives to strengthen music in Victorian schools, and you can read the MCA’s statement on the Enquiry on our website.


Essentially Ellington - Down Under

The Jazz Music Institute in Brisbane are partnering with Jazz at Lincoln Centre New York under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, to present their Essentially Ellington program in Australia. They are conducting a teachers conference in Brisbane on 30 and 31 August this year to introduce the program, and Jazz at Lincoln Centre will send two people from their orchestra to conduct the workshop.  Registrations for this conference, which costs $199, are now open. They also have free on line JALC resources for jazz band teachers available through their website.

AWME (Australasian World Music Expo) Artist applications Open

AWME 2014 Artist Showcase Applications are now open and interested artists can submit through the AWME website by 2 May 2014. This year will be the 7th edition of AWME running from 20 – 23 November, and it is now a well-established platform for showcasing, networking and exchange for the roots and world music sector. Each year AWME attracts a wide selection of leading Festival organisers, particularly from UK / Europe, this event has opened many touring doors for Australian artists.

Recording: Contemporary Music Grant Opportunity

Recording supports projects for the production of a quality master audio and/or video recording of original South Australian music. Through this grant you can apply for up to $10,000 towards costs associated with the project. To find out more about this grant visit the Arts SA website.

Call for papers: Music Cognition and Action Symposium.

The MARCS Institute which is part of the University of Western Sydney is holding a one day research symposium on Music Cognition and Action which will include oral presentations, speed papers and posters. The deadline for submissions is 24 February. To find out more information and how to submit your paper click here.

International Markets - Music Managers Australia Council Grant

Has been set up to provide travel support to Australian music managers representing their artists at key international music trade fairs or industry facing events when their artists are not performing at the event. The next round of funding closes on the 7th April 2014. To check if your eligible visit the Australia Council website.  

2014 Commonwealth Bank Community Grants Program

Applications are now being taken for the 2014 Commonwealth Bank Community Grants program. This year they will award $2 million in individual grants of up to $10,000 to organisations supporting children and youth up to the age of 21 years old.  Applications close on Friday14th March. For more information: Visit the Community Grants page for guidelines and information on the judging criteria. The Our Community CBA website contains a range of tips for writing grant applications available. Which may be useful when preparing your application.


MCA seeks casual Music Writers / Editor

Would you like to be a part time music writer for the MCA? We’re seeking 2 or 3 experienced music and digital content writers and editors to work as part-time casual staff for our Music Journal, e news, web content, and to prepare policy submissions. One of these positions will also be appointed as editor of our respected Music Forum Journal.  Our team will include people with classical and community music knowledge, and digital content skills.  MCA is in the midst of a complete revamp of our communications; we are rebranding, redesigning our digital presence, and will launch new econtent in the coming months. If you are available between half a day and one day a week, have excellent music knowledge (preferably with a specialty), good networks, a lively and informative writing style, and an ability to deliver accurate material on time, then please apply by 15 March 2014. More information and job description at  

Orchestral Vacancies with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO)

MSO has a number of vacancies coming up for a Principal Bass Trombone, Section Second Violin and a Section Horn. More details available on the MSO website.

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) Job Opportunity

TSO is looking to appoint an Orchestra Librarian applications close on the 24th February. Visit the TSO website for the position description. 

Job opportunity Musica Viva

Musica Viva’s education team is looking to employ a Digital Resources Manager. Applications close on the 23rd February. Visit Musica Viva’s website to find out how to apply.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) opportunities

ASO is looking to hire a General Manager, Marketing and Development, and a Section Leader Cello. To find out more click here. 

Tutti Percussion Auditions with Sydney Symphony Orchestra

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is currently advertising the position of Tutti Percussion. Auditions will take place on 15 & 16 May 2014 and applications close 3 April 2014. Please visit the SSO website for all audition details.

Lecturer in Music The University of Manchester

Applications close on the 27th February 2014. For more information click here.

Position Vacant with Western Connecticut State University (WCSU)

The departments of Music and Theatre Arts are looking to appoint a Musical Director  for the WCSU’s Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre program and musical assistant of the Opera Ensemble. For more details about the highly sort after role click here. 

Opportunity at the University of Texas

For an Assistant Professor of Music, Jazz Studies/Applied Music. Click here for more infromation.
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